Monthly Archives: January 2018
U15 Boys on the Podium at Northern Cross Country Championships – Top Ten for Senior Men & U13 Boys – V40 Win for Joanne
A first time venue for this years Northern Cross Country Championships saw the Clubs and their athletes visit Harewood House in Leeds and a great venue it turned out to be. A tough cross country course with panoramic views and adequate parking, make this a venue worth going back too. The only ‘spoiler’ on the day was the wind, which along with the hills, meant strength endurance was most definitely needed. It is being rumoured that this would be the venue for the 2019 National Cross Country Championships and there is no doubt that has gone down well with athletes.
The Harriers had Teams out in U13 Girls, U13 Boys, U15 Boys and Senior Men with athletes running in the U17 Junior Men and Senior Women’s categories.
Highlight of the day for the Club was the performance of the U15 Boys squad who took Bronze finishing just eleven points off the winning team – Hallamshire. First home in the field of one hundred and ninety seven athletes was Matt Ramsden in 19th place, running a time of 14.48 for the 4000m race. Next in came Sam Hodkinson in 28th in a time of 14.56 with Leon Thomas in 69th clocking 15.37, Jamie Teare in 81st place with a time of 15.44 and Harry Wilkin (149th) in 17.12. Afterwards Matt was asked for his thoughts on the Championships to which he replied “It was a good day out in Leeds but I would have liked to have ran better. It was nice to win a medal but disappointing to have been so close to gold”. Jamie also commented positively saying “i enjoyed the Race and, although I had a poor start, i was pleased i pulled it back for a strong finish even when it was so windy. Good to know we can get a Gold Medal in the future”.
Two hundred and thirty two athletes contested the U13 Boys Race won by Joshua Blevins in a time of 10.44. The Harriers finished 10th team out of the twenty seven teams in the Race, the highlight being the outstanding run of Isaac Butler who finished in 6th spot with a time of 11.05 – just six seconds off the Bronze Medal position. Next across the finish line for the Club came Dexta Thompson (76th) posting a time of 12.16 with David Holman just six seconds further back in 86th place (12.21). Codie Dewhust and Sebastian Burton battled one another around the 3000m course with Codie just taking the honours by one second in 172nd place (13.20) and Sebastian in 173rd (13.21).
Our U13 Girls came home 17th team in the race contested by twenty nine Clubs and two hundred and thirty five athletes competing on the day. In all championship races like the Northerns, just a few seconds can make huge differences in the number of places gained. Kate Cookson was our first athlete home in 90th spot with a time of 13.10, a time which was just eleven seconds short of the 75th runner – fifteen places higher. Hollie Cubbon was just eight seconds behind Kate in 99th spot in a time of 13.18 with Caroline Woodworth clocking 13.27 in 107th position and Keira Haxton in 150th place in a time of 13.55.
Losing a number of U17 athletes to injuries meant that Thomas Betty ran solo finishing 109th in a time of 26.50, similarly in the Junior Men’s Race which saw Nicholas Smith place 68th in 36.15. Lindsay Davies was our only runner in the Senior Women’s race, running well to finish 214th in the four hundred and thirty five strong field in a time of 41.59.
Fifty seven teams featuring seven hundred and sixty one athletes contested the Senior Men’s Race which saw the Harriers make the top ten in 9th place with a points total of 474. Unfortunately for the team they lost a number of athletes due to injury and illness on the eve of the Championships which meant a top five placing was a stretch too far. Team Manager Paul Guinan was happy with the teams performance and told the Club “A great good day out, solid running from the team with 11 Senior runners competing, things are looking great and to put the icing on the cake getting a top 10 team finish. A big thank you to all the runners for making the journey and competing for the Harriers, hopefully next year we can get even more athletes to run, which l believe will be the National Cross Country Championships. I personally just wanted to get round injury free which l did although l could have probably picked an easier race to test an injury, no reaction so all is good”.
As on all occasions with the Harriers, the team spirit was really good and the support for one another is evident. There were some cracking runs by the athletes. Tim Raynes had a great run to be the first Harrier home in a time of 42.31 (33rd) and spoke to the Club afterwards commenting “I really enjoyed it yesterday……..it was really well organised and I think it would be a great venue for the National. Felt really good during the first lap and found myself just outside the top 30. Hoped to be able push on the second lap, but didn’t quite have enough there. Pretty pleased with my run though, and well done to everyone who ran. Great to see us packing so well as a team. Looking good for the nationals!”. Rob Warner was just six places further back in 39th (42.45) and he also commented on the day saying that he “Thought the event yesterday was great, really well organised and hopefully will see the nationals there next year! Was a great performance from the team, thought everyone ran really well, and especially well done to Tim on a great run! Wasn’t pleased with my run personally, never really got going but always good to race at the Northerns”.
Also having a great run on the day was Jack Hindle who took 52nd place and third counter for the Team, clocking a time of 43.23 and commenting after the race “Well done to all the lads. It was a tough course with climbs and muddy sections. From my perspective it went really well, I felt strong the whole way around and come through well at the end. Looking forward to racing the nationals now”. After running a 75.32 Half-Marathon the week before in pretty appalling conditions, Chris Davies was out again for the Club and the next Harrier across the line in 97th position in a time of 45.13 and said “First of all well done to the team. A great effort finishing 9th overall especially when some of the guys were coming back from injuries and niggles. Well done guys. On a personal level, really pleased to finish in the top 100, it’s hard to do with so many good endurance runners on show. Really pleased with my run, was feeling good from the start, paced it well at the beginning and never looked back from their. The course seemed to suit me on the day. That’s the beauty of XC racing. Every course is different along with weather conditions and you just never know what’s going to happen. Just a pity it’s took me till now to get going in this year’s XC Season. Better late than never though. Well done to the U15 Boys as well. Great result”.
Just behind Chris came Ben Costello who has been one of those suffering with injuries and has managed to shake them off coming home in a time of 45.40 in 107th spot and was delighted with his run telling the Club “Coming back from injury I knew the Northerns would be a good fitness boost and it was. Very happy to get through the race without any recurrence of that injury….a massive well done to everyone who ran some good positions in field full of class athletes. I am sure the team will put in another class performance at the nationals”. Ben was followed in by Mat Nuttall in 147th spot in 47.00, Joseph Howe in 194th (48.21) and brother Zac Howe (49.47) and Paul Guinan (49.48) in 246th and 247th places respectively. Afterwards Zac told us it “Was a bit of a frustrating run for me with the Achilles niggle resurfacing after the first lap, meaning I had to stop and stretch for a few minutes. I was able to finish so hopefully nothing too serious, but disappointed I couldn’t help out the team more. Well done to everyone, great team spirit on the day!”
Great to see Gary Pearse competing at the Northerns after overcoming some very serious back issues in recent times – Gary crossed the line in a time of 54.44 for 437th place and said that it was a “Great event really pleased to be out there racing with you guys, your support much appreciated. A cross country with proper descents and excellent overall course/venue. Tough race,well done to all completing along with appreciation of some superb individual performances”. John Chaplin was our final athlete through the finish – 542nd clocking 57.57 – which was an impressive performance form another athlete who has had more than his fair share of injuries explaining that “Lack of training through injury resulted in a really poor run for me even though I thought it was a great course and one well suited to potentially host the Nationals next year. Outstanding run by Tim and great back up by the other guys. The team have had a great x-c season and Saturday’s result underlined the quality and spirit with the 9th place finish. It’s great to be a small part of it. Looking forward to Parliament Hill now”.
St Annes 10 Mile – Sunday January 28th
Three hundred and sixty four finishers in this local and popular seaside 10 mile road race won by Rob Danson in a time of 52.59, some six minutes in front of the second placed athlete. A really tough wind on the second half of the Race affected the times as runners battled in against it.
(Thanks to David Wood for the Race Photos from Lytham)
Four Blackburn Harriers took part with V50 Jonathan Bridge the first through the line for the Club in a time of 64.30 and 3rd V50 in his Age Category. Next home in yet another V40 Category win was Joanne Nelson in 34th spot overall and 3rd Woman in a time of 66.26 – Joanne has run four races in 2018 and has been 1st V40 in all of them. Janine Fallon – also a V40 – came home in 95th place clocking a time of 76.27 along with Paul Wilkinson (V40) who finished in 155th with a time of 84.54.
Ben Wins Four Villages Half-Marathon – Chris & Paul set new PB’s at Inskip Half-Marathon – Ben PB’s at Sportscity – Lindsay & Lorna running London Marathon for good causes
Four Villages Half-Marathon – Sunday January 21st
One thousand five hundred and sixty five runners finished this Race – starting and finishing in pretty horrible weather conditions by any standard. In 2017 Ben Fish came second in this Race to Mohammed Abu-Rezeq but managed to turn the tables this year in finishing ahead of him to win the Race in a time of 69.09.
Ben spoke to the Club about the Race and his win telling us that the “First three miles in hailstone and I knew that a fast time would be impossible in those conditions. Road was slushy and slippery too. Abu-Rezeq had a small gap of 50 metres up to about 8-9 miles then it was neck and neck. I think he was having a tough time in those conditions, as usually he pulls away and holds the gap. We reached 10 miles in a slow 53:20. Got a small lead around the 11th mile. Mo needed assistance at the end, but thankfully he seemed ok afterwards”.
(Thanks to Mick Hall Photography for these Race Photos)
Inskip Half-Marathon – Sunday January 21st
Three hundred and fifty two finishers in this Race run like the Four Villages Half-Marathon in pretty grim weather conditions to say the least. Four Blackburn Harriers competed – Chris Davies – Paul Brindle – Joanne Nelson – Carol Reilly in the Race which was won by Stuart Robinson in a time of 70.59.
Chris Davies was the first Harrier home in a new personal best time of 75.32 and told the Club after the Race “Today was just about seeing were my form was at in preparation and for my training for the London Marathon. When arriving I wasn’t feeling to optimistic due to the weather being really poor. It was really cold with some wind which made some parts of the course difficult. I’ve been running for a while now and I have to say that’s the coldest race I’ve taken part in. That said I am pleased with how things went. After 3 miles I found good rhythm in my running and felt good up to the 10 mile mark. Unfortunately my right calf began to tighten which made for uncomfortable last 5K. I managed to dig it out though and managed to knock a second of my PB. It’s not much but a PB is still a PB and it’s a good way to start the New Year in my races. I know I can run quicker and in better conditions I know I can get under 1:15. A terrible day for racing but a good outcome which made it all worth while in the end”.
Paul Brindle had a tremendous run chopping four minutes off his previous best time of 83.55 to record a new PB of 79.56 in 21st place. Joanne Nelson was the first V45 Woman home and 3rd Woman overall in the race as she placed 68th in a time of 88.26. Carol Reilly finished in 159th spot clocking 1hr 41.45.
Ben Boocock’s been doing the Sale Harriers indoor athletics series at Sportscity in Manchester continuing to improve as the series has gone on. On Sunday he was pleased that he managed to knock 0.28 of a second off his previous best time and set a new PB for the 60m Hurdles of 9.98 (3rd) and the first time he has managed to dip inside ten seconds. Although Ben was pleased with his run he still believes he can improve on that time and it’s his first year as an U15 and he wanted to thank Paul and Bob for all their coaching and support.
Two Blackburn Harriers – Lorna Sharp and Lindsay Davies are running this years London Marathon in aid of their two favoured Charities.
Lorna is doing it for Get Kids Going. If you would like to get involved by sending a donation you can access Lorna’s Virgin Give Money Site HERE
Lindsay is running her challenge for Mind.
‘We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect’.
If you would like to get involved by sending a donation you can access Lindsay’s Virgin Give Money Site at:
Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people – up to the age of 26 yrs – the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports’ wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports’ equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!
Another very good performance by Blackburn Harriers Sportshall Squad at the weekend taking 3rd overall including 2nd Team in the U11Girls – 3rd in the U11 Boys – 3rd in the U13 Girls – 3rd in the U13 Boys and 4th in the U15 Girls. Some of the youngsters posted new personal bests and for the second fixture in a row, the Harriers produced an athlete of the Match – Niamh Gater winning it for the U11Girls, after Harrison Allcock had won the Athlete of the Match for the U11 Boys in the first fixture. After the first two fixtures the Harriers are in 3rd position overall in the League Table.
Caerwen Butler commented on the performance of our young up and coming athletes saying ‘Blackburn Harriers had another fantastic turn out for the second Lancashire County Sportshall Event in Blackpool on Sunday 14th January 2018. Over 40 athletes competed in every age category apart from one. The children were brilliantly behaved and all tried their hardest at each event. There were lots of individual personal bests and even some club records were broken on the day. Some younger children took up the challenge in their first competition with a brave and competitive attitude- well done to all those who were there for the first time.
Notably Niamh Gater won Athlete of the Match for the Under 11 girls for the combined total of events scored. Harrison Allcock won this in November for the Under 11 boys. We have some very talented athletes coming through to the Under 13’s next year and had such strength in depth on the day in both the Under 11 age categories.
The older athletes competed brilliantly too and with only a handful in each category they still managed to finish in the top 3 in the Under 13’s categories. A special mention to Liberty Thompson who gained all the points for the Under 15’s in the individual events and thanks to Claudia Lewis who joined her in the relay and stepped up an age category.
On the day we came 3rd overall with 379 points and second was only 23 points in front. Given that we had no athletes in one age group I think this is a tremendous achievement. The coaches are extremely proud of all the athletes and how much they gave on the day. Well done Blackburn Harriers- a brilliant day that produced loads of smiles’
Win for Samantha at Bath – Morgan & Nick at Northern Indoor Championships – 2nd for Steven at Ashurst Beacon – 2nd for Matt at East Lancs 10k – Nine Standards Fell Race
Olympic medalist and 2014 Modern Pentathlon World Champion – Samantha Murray – got her 2018 season off to a great start with a win at the Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition 1 at the University of Bath on Saturday January 13th. In achieving the win Samantha took first place in the Swim, second in the Fence, sixth in the Ride and 4th in the Combined Event for a total of 1304 points.
UIPM Report HERE
Northern Athletics Indoor Championships
Morgan Angland was competing in her first Senior Championships over 60m Hurdles at the weekend in Sheffield and finished in 4th spot clocking a seasons best time of 9.55. At the end of the day, Morgan spoke to the Harriers commenting that she was “really happy with my race, I did a lot better than I expected for my first time racing as a senior getting a season’s best. Gutted I couldn’t push myself a little more to get 3rd but I’m looking forward to BUCS and more open meetings to hopefully improve on my time”.
U20 Nicholas Smith had gone to the Indoor Championships with the hope of a good time in the 3000m but it didn’t work out quite the way he would have liked as he finished in 6th spot in a time of 10.34. Second fastest on paper entering the Race Nick told the Club that he “Didn’t really run that how I wanted. The first few laps were really slow, so I took the lead and pushed the pace for a lap, trying to make it a faster race …………After I’d done that everybody else stopped the tactical race and went for it, and I couldn’t keep up, so think after I’d seen how slow the first km was, rather than pushing for the time I’d have been better sticking behind and racing tactically”.
Ashurst Beacon Race – January 13th
Steven Snape was racing for the first time in quite a while after a time out through injury. There were one hundred and thirty nine finishers in this Race at Newburgh won by Carl Bell with Steven in 2nd place and afterwards he spoke to the Club about the day saying “This local fell race is a heart and lung buster from the start with a steep downhill for a couple of kilometres. Crossing through fields, streams and trail paths the second half is mainly uphill with the the finish at the top of the beacon in Ashurst. Fantastically well ran and marked I’ll definitely do it again next year. My first race in 3 months but I’m happy with the result even though my legs aren’t happy today”.
East Lancashire Hospice 10k – Sunday January 14th
(Thanks to David Belshaw for the Photos)
Matt Nuttall was racing for the third time since New Years Eve with his latest outing in this local 10k road race featuring five hundred and thirty four finishers and won by Danny Collinge. Matt’s time of 35.07 earned him 2nd place overall and 1st V45. Paulo Sousa was next across the line for the Harriers in 17th spot clocking a time of 39.10. V60 Mike Blacklidge finished 111th overall in a time of 47.03 and he was followed home by V50 Mark Wilkin (140th) with a new PB time of 48.59, Lorna Sharp in 26th place (55.41), U17 Chloe Gardner (58.51) in 332nd and Clare Wilkin with a time of 59.52 in 340th place.
Prior to the main race there was a 2k fun run which had seventy four youngsters running which was won by U15 Harry Wilkin in a time of 8.52. Hollie Cubbon (11th) and Leah Hoole (12th) with an identical time of 10.32 also ran along with Charlotte Collin in 22nd spot (11.45), Charlotte Sousa 25th in a time of 12.03 and sister Holly Sousa in 31st (12.34).
Fun Run RESULTS
In other Races – Saturday January 13th saw the latest in the 3 -1- 5 Series (RESULTS) held in Lancaster which saw Daniel Whittaker finish 7th in the 10k race with a time of 41.11. Catching up on the Fells – John Orrell and Janine Fallon were out on New Years Day at the Nine Standards Race (RESULTS) featuring 133 finishers which saw Janine come home in 81st spot (78.53) with John in 85th (79.46).
Team Wins for U13G – U15B – Men’s Vets at Towneley Hall – Thompsons on Tour in the Blue & White – Katie & Joe have strong runs for University XC
A bitterly cold day was the setting for the fourth fixture in this years Mid Lancs Cross Country League held at Towneley Hall in Burnley on Saturday January 13th. Watching the racing were three local legends of the sport – Harry Walker – George Woodburn and John Calvert.
(L-R Harry Walker – George Woodburn – John Calvert)
After turning out seventy seven athletes at the Lancashire Cross Country Champions just a week ago, there were sixty one out again competing in this fixture producing Team Wins for the U13 Girls, U15 Boys and Men’s Vets along with 2nd Team places for the U15 Girls and Women’s Vet’s and a 3rd Team place for the U11 Boys.
The Senior Men who had concentrated on the Red Rose Cross Country League this season – winning both the Senior and Vets Titles – had eight runners out today finishing 6th in the Team Race with Tim Raynes leading home the Harriers in 6th, posting a time of 31.58 after a real battle at the front end of the Race with Daniel Bebbington, Nathan Dunn, James Douglas, Chris Livesey and Alisdair Russell. In 16th spot came Chris Davies clocking 34.18 and looking strong in the finish as he won the V40 Race on the day, leading the Team home for a Vets Team Win. Mark Chippendale – 3rd V55 on the day – was next across the finish line in 26th (35.28) followed in 30th position by V40 Paul Brindle in a time of 35.40. V50 Chris Balderson came home in 97th spot (40.29), with Craig Greenough (V40) in 144th (42.29), Danny Teare 187th clocking 45.26 and Richard Taylor in 212th spot in a time of 49.04.
The Senior Women took 4th in the Team Race and 2nd spot in the Vets Team. Joanne ‘i need more hills’ Nelson was first Harrier home in 7th position (2nd V45) clocking a time of 21.23 in the one hundred and fifty strong field and she was supported by strong runs from Victoria ‘I always run with my eyes closed’ Mousley in 11th spot (3rd V35) with a time of 21.48, Carly Edwards with another very strong run in 17th (22.29) and Lindsay Davies achieving her highest ML position in 46th (24.45).
Another athlete achieving his highest ML position was U17 Bradley Meikleham who was a model of even paced running as he finished 4th in a time of 19.25 with Thomas Betty in 11th running a time of 21.50.
Great running by the U15 Boys saw them win the Team Race, getting four athletes home in the first eleven places. It was a cracking finish too with Sam Hodkinson out kicking Joel Taylor from Rossendale and Matt Ramsden in the last 30 metres to take the win. There were very good runs too from Leon Thomas in 9th (13.34), Jamie Teare (11th) with a time of 13.38 and Harry Wilkin in 27th place in 14.33.
A return to form by Amy Davies saw her finish in 4th place (11.19) to lead the U15 Girls home as 2nd Team on the day. Eleesha Charnley was next home in 9th spot (11.38) followed by Rebecca Ramsden in 29th (13.03) and Ella Hardman running 16.30 in 41st position.
Fourteen athletes in the U13’s with nine competing in the Girls Race and five in the Boys. In the seventy strong Girls field, Hollie Cubbon led the Harriers home to a Team Win on the day in 10th place with a time of 9.55. Leah Hoole was next in (13th) clocking 10.07, with Kate Cookson in 16th (10.10), Caroline Woodworth in 20th (10.17) which represented good packing and just twenty two seconds between the four of them. Keira Haxton had another solid run in 32nd position (10.45) with Molly Nicholls 34th in a time of 10.53, Eva Knowles in 50th spot (11.33), Keira Booth (55th) with a time of 11.48, Holly Sousa (63rd) in 12.54 and Libby Neal in 64th running 12.57.
The U13 Boys placed 4th overall in the Team Race which saw Hayden Mercer just pip David Holman by one second as they finished 17th and 18th respectively (11.21 & 11.22). Rory Teare was next across the line in 26th (11.46) with Saul Sharp in 29th in a time of 11.55 and Sebastian Burton 41st in 12.46.
Twenty four runners took part in the U11 Age Group which saw seven in the Girls Race (finishing 4th Team) and fifteen in the Boys Race (placing 3rd Team). 9yr old Sam Aspey who finished 4th in the Lancs Champs last week, carried that form on as he placed 8th in a time of 6.55 to be the first Harrier home. Daniel Smith was next across the finish in 16th place (7.09) followed by Oliver Gill (23rd) in 7.16 and Matthew Smith (27th) in a time of 7.20. William Grundy ran a time of 7.31 to place 35th with Charlie Haworth 44th clocking a time of 7.46, the same time as Harry Russel in 45th spot. William Dudgeon ran 7.51 in 50th place, with George Ramsden in 55th (7.56), Findlay Carroll (8.00) in 58th position, Alexander Brien (67th) with a time of 8.24, Felix Thompson in 69th (8.32), George Holman in 71st spot (8.36), Daniel Brotherton with a time of 8.47 in 73rd and Sam Craven (84th) and Kaiden Fielding (85th) with times of 10.49 and 12.13 completing the race for the Club.
Molly Grimshaw had a good run in the U11 Girls to take 12th place in a time of 7.54 to lead the Harriers Team home in 3rd overall. Hannah Davies was the next Harrier in (17th) in 7.58 followed by Isabelle Hartley in 27th position (8.11) and just one place and one second further back – Imogen Robinson (28th) in a time of 8.12. Charlotte Sousa came home with a time of 8.36 to place 41st with Kady Thompson in 45th spot (8.46), Lulu Sharp (54th) in a time of 9.02 and Tippi Francis (66th) running 9.36.
Katie Buckingham and Joe Howe were both competing for their universities in cross country which saw Katie running at Nottingham in the North Midlands League and Joe in the Manchester Area League.
Joe was competing in a Senior Men’s field of four hundred and four runners, the Race being won by Andy Norman in a time of 36.27. Joe ran strongly for 57th place in a time of 42.49.
Manchester Area Results
Katie has been competing in the North Midlands League with a 16th finish at the first fixture in Derby followed by 12th at Corby and 13th at Nottingham at the weekend – (January 13th). Showing her growing fitness, Katie was really pleased with her latest outing and told the Club after the Race that she “Had a solid run today, finished 13th which is 24 places higher and 3mins faster than when i last ran the course 2yrs ago! I felt strong so set off with confidence instead of holding back, and it worked well, had to fight a bit in the last km but still pretty pleased! Amazingly i was still the 6th uni counter, which just shows how strong our team has got in the past few years! (2yrs ago todays time and position would have put me as easily 1st counter!) 3 races in 3 weekends has definitely taken its toll, so time to get some easy runs in and prepare the bigger races to come!!”
Thompson’s on Tour!
What do you do if you are on holiday in Disneyland? Well if you are a Blackburn Harrier, you go and find a Race don’t you? That’s exactly what Dexta, Kady and Felix did as they entered a one mile run featuring an amazing number of runners – well over six hundred!
Dexta finished 2nd in a very closely fought race with a time of 5.38 as Kady (7.22) and Felix (6.38) both finished in the top ten in their age groups. FULL RESULTS
Great day for the Harriers winning twenty Team and Individual Medals at Lancashire Cross Country Championships
A cold but sunny day greeted the athletes for this years County Championships run in surprisingly better conditions that might have been thought given all the rain of late. A record number of entries for the county championships helped to set the scene for the day, providing some great running and competition.
Blackburn Harriers had seventy seven runners contesting the Championships which yielded twenty Medals overall – three Team Golds in the U13 Boys, U15 Boys and Women’s Vets – three Team Silver Medals for the U13 Girls, Senior Men and Men’s Vets and nine Individual Medals included Bronze Medals won by the U11 Boys, U11 Girls and U15 Girls with Individual Bronze in the U11 Girls, Silver in U13 Boys, Silver and Bronze in U15 Boys, Silver in U17 Women and Silver in the Senior Men. In the Veteran categories the Harriers won five Medals including Silver in the Women’s V35, Silver in the Women’s V40, Gold in the Women’s V45 whilst in the Men’s there was Silver and Bronze in the V45’s.
The day kicked off with the U11 Boys winning a Team Bronze Medal and featuring fourteen Blackburn Harriers led home by ‘pocket rocket’ Sam Aspey with a cracking run in 4th place (6.33). Daniel Smith was next home in 11th (6.50), followed by Oliver Gill in 14th (6.57), Harry Sambrook in 18th spot in a time of 7.03, Matthew Smith (24th) clocking 7.14, Charlie Haworth (26th) running 7.20, William Dudgeon in a time of 7.52 (41st), Harry Russel (7.53) in 43rd place, Findlay Carroll with a time of 7.55 (46th), George Ramsden in 8.00 dead (52nd), Alexander Brien (8.32) in 62nd position, Harrison Waite (66th) in 8.49, Sam Craven 69th running a time of 10.12 and Kaiden Fielding (11.41) in 70th.
The U11 Girls emulated the boys by also winning the Team Bronze medal – Hannah Davies and Imogen Robinson led the charge in the U11 Girls featuring fifty one young runners and kept that up until the end with Imogen finishing in Bronze Medal position with a time of 7.32 and Hannah coming home 5th (7.40). They were backed up by Isabelle Hartley in 19th (7.57), Ayesha Vose (34th) in 8.36, Tippi Francis just one place further back in 35th in a time of 8.44 and Maisie Taylor in 43rd (9.32).
First Team Gold of the day went to the U13 Boys which saw ten Harriers competing in the forty five strong field and taking eight places in the top 20. Isaac Butler continued with his great form winning an Individual Silver Medal for his 2nd placed run of 11.35 and that after losing 50 metres by going the wrong way. Great support in 6th and 7th place came from David Holman (11.54), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (12.00) and Zach Walmsley in 8th (12.09). Tremendous grouping from the lads was evident with the next two Harriers home – Joseph Joyce in 10th in a time of 12.19, Hayden Mercer 11th (12.25) and Rory Teare 15th (12.40). Saul Sharp was next home in 19th spot clocking a time of 12.56 with Codie Dewhurst in 22nd (13.08) and Sebastian Burton (33rd) with a time of 13.52.
It was a Team Silver Medal for the U13 Girls which saw Hollie Cubbon cross the line as the first Harrier in 12th out of fifty six runners in a time of 13.02. Katie Cookson and Caroline Woodworth pushed one another through the Race with Katie coming home in a time of 13.17 (16th) and Caroline just one place back in 17th posting her time of 13.21. Leah Hoole was next home for the Club in 19th spot (13.33) followed by Keira Haxton in 30th (14.05) and Molly Nicholls in 39th place (14.36).
Second Team Gold Medal on the day came from the U15 Boys which also produced Individual Silver and Bronze Medals. Sam Hodkinson came home 2nd with a characteristic sprint finish in a time of 12.50 to edge Matt Ramsden into 3rd place in the home straight (12.53). Leon Thomas 11th in 13.41 and Jamie Teare 12th (13.43) ensured the Gold Medal for the Team. Harvey Ashworth was next across the line in 22nd (14.47) with Luke Ingleson in 33rd (16.18) and Ethan Barbarewicz 34th in 17.40.
The Harriers U15 Girls kept the Team Medals going with a Bronze in their Race led home by Eleesha Charnley – 9th out of 44 runners in a time of 15.40 and followed home by Amy Davies in 12th (16.00), Hollie Oldham (31st) in a time of 18.01, Rebecca Ramsden in 38th (19.27), Charlotte Collin 43rd (21.26) and Ella Hardman 44th running a time of 24.31.
Maddie Elliott had a good run to win Silver Medal in the U17 Women’s Race in a time of 21.29 after a battle with Lorna Speirs from Norther with Hannah Cookson placing 11th in 24.02. The Harriers U17 Men finished 5th Team with Joe Gebbie finishing 11th in a time of 19.29, Bradley Meikleham (13th) clocking 19.47 and Thomas Betty 19th in a time of 22.49. Bottom of age U20 Nicholas Smith who ran his first Lancashire Championships in the Senior Race placed 8th overall in the U20’s with a time of 37.23 and 51st overall in the Senior Race.
The Club’s Senior Women had a pretty good day winning the Vets Team Gold Medal and just missing out on the Bronze Medal in the Open Race by two points to place 4th overall. Joanne Nelson finished 9th overall in 26.43 and won the Gold Medal for the V45’s too. Next over the Finish Line for the Harriers came Victoria Mousley in 27.42 which earned her a Silver Medal in the V35 category, followed by Katie Buckingham who is going very well in 15th spot (27.55), Carmen Byrne in 18th (28.38) which earned her a Silver Medal in the V40’s, and just two places further back – Carly Edwards in 21st with a time of 28.53. Sarah Toms was next in (28th) clocking a time of 30.52 and Lindsay Davies 39th with a time of 32.46.
Our Senior Men had seventeen runners out and were hopeful of contesting the Team and Individual Gold Medals. Unfortunately we lost two athletes on the first lap through injury which put a dent into our ambitions finishing up with the Silver Team Medal and Silver Individual Medal and Silver Vets Team Medal. Really good running from everyone which saw the Harriers take two of the first five places with Ben Fish in 2nd beaten in a sprint finish in the home straight by Daniel Bebbington and Rob Warner in 4th place 31.22. Jack Hindle had a good run to finish 16th in 33.22 and great to see Zach Howe in 25th place (34.21) after a pretty horrific 2017 dominated by injury.
Next in came Matt Nuttall in 31st (34.46) and Silver Medalist in the V45’s followed by Chris Davies in 32nd (35.02). Just a couple of places further back came Mark Chippendale in 35th (35.48) and V55 Bronze Medalist, Joseph Howe (37th) clocking 36.10 and Ian Dixon (40th) with a time of 36.22.
Nicholas Smith also had a good solid run in 51st (37.23) followed home by Paul Brindle with a time of 37.43 in 56th, Martin Haworth (60th) in 38.01, Gary Vose (63rd) in 38.05, Gary Pearse 90th (40.49), Mark Almond 101st in a time of 41.37, John Cookson (114th) posting a time of 42.57 and Ian Clarkson in 143rd spot (47.45).
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